This panel calls for papers that stake a claim in the cultural significance of representing alcohol or alcohol consumption. How do these representations relate to alcoholism as a disease and the alcoholic as an identity category? Does the text evaluate alcohol abuse morally or politically? Do communities organized around alcohol consumption facilitate social movements based on class, race, sexuality, or gender?
Now in its eighth year, the AUM Southern Studies Conference invites panel and paper proposals on any aspect of Southern literature. The conference will be held 5-6 February 2016. Topics may include but are not limited to:
The 59th Annual American Studies Association of Texas (ASAT) Conference will be held November 12th-14th, 2015 on the campus of Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Texas. The Conference Committee is now accepting proposals for the upcoming meeting. The theme of the 2015 conference is: "Contextualizing Conflict, Culture, and Community." The following is a suggested, though not a comprehensive list of subject areas to consider:
Agriculture and Rural Studies Ingenuity and invention
Art (visual and performing) Journalism
Communication Studies Language and Literature
Creative Writing Penal Systems and Reform
Environment and Landscape Studies Political Science
Fantasy, science fiction, horror, and even more mimetic fiction in various media such as texts and graphic novels have long permitted the sort of free experimentation often celebrated (or bemoaned) in the American religious environment, though constrained by genre conventions, social contexts, market forces, and other factors. Thus, especially the "estranged" genres of fiction (pace Suvin) permit not only the utopian depiction of traditional religions as they ought to be and the dystopian depiction of religions as they ought not to be, but also the representation of novel religious forms—a space in which new fictional religions may be invented.
The New Voices Planning Committee is proud to announce that we are now accepting proposals for the 2016 New Voices Conference. This year's annual conference will be held February 4-6, 2016, at Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia, and will feature papers, panels, workshops, creative writing readings, and a poster session.
Introducing a conversation between Salman Rushdie, Christopher Hitchens and Deepa Mehta, the American scholar Deepika Bahri recalled how Rushdie had written that "The opposite of hatred is love; the opposite of tyranny is love; the opposite of censorship is love; the opposite of evil is love; the opposite of politics is love; the opposite of war is love; the opposite of God is love." This conversation, titled, "The Only Subject is Love," emphasized the centrality of love as a theme in Rushdie's writing and in the creative process. This seminar will have us explore the role love plays in reacting and responding to its opposites in postcolonial literature.
Consumption sustains and undermines modern life, from popular culture to our most privileged art. The Association of Carolina Emerging Scholars is seeking abstracts that address consumption in any of its many forms, including but not limited to the following: eating, buying, obsession, the reception of media, and the status-seeking public use of resources first called "conspicuous consumption" by Thorstein Veblen in 1899.
Articles are sought for a collection of essays on representations of Conjure, Hoodoo and Voodoo in African-American literature. This collection seeks to explore how African-American writers have used, referenced, engaged and disengaged with Conjure, Hoodoo and Voodoo in their writing through various cultural and historical movements.
Conference Date: June 2-6, 2016
Location: Washington, D.C., The University of Maryland
Abstract Submission Deadline: October 15, 2015
Unsettling Objects: Collecting in Nineteenth-Century America